‘They are warriors’: SC calls for protection of health workers fighting COVID-19 pandemic’

April 9,2020

by Tanya Vashistha

Supreme Court observed on this Wednesday that the health workers working for the lives of patients suffering from Covid-19 pandemic are not less than warriors, whose protection is also important.

Justice ashok bhushan, who was heading the bench observed that “they are warriors , they have to be protected”

The PILs filed by Dr. Jerryl Banait, Dr. Arushi Jain and advocate Amit Sahni and it was taken up via video conferencing and the bench consisted of justice ashok bhushan and justice ravindra bhat.

The bench was hearing a bunch of petitions seeking directions to provide adequate number of personal protective equipments (PPE), masks, sanitizers and other requisite equipments and materials for the doctors, para medical staff, and other frontline front line workers  who are fighting against this deadly global pandemic.

The bench asked the solicitor general tushar Mehta if it was possible to set up a mechanism wherein suggestions from the public at large can be accounted for, not only for the lockdown but also in regulatory scheme of things.

Solicitor general, tushar Mehta replied that, “we have a central control room with officials from home, health, Ayush Ministries which are also present at state level. These control rooms are getting calls with complaints and suggestions. The control rooms were taking up these issues.”

It was assured by the solicitor general that all the adequate measures were being taken to ensure safety and security of the health workers and frontline staff. He also added that, “they are corona warriors”

Senior advocate Mukul Rohtagi added that ‘salaries of the doctors were being cut down during the crises, and also stated that, without their hard work the entire system shall collapse.

The solicitor general denied the claims of salary cut and said that strict action will be taken against those who cut the salaries of the doctors during this time. “We have police pickets in all hospitals to ensure that people who should not be mixing with other population should not leave the hospital. The police and government will be walking the extra mile to protect doctors”, said the solicitor general tushar Mehta.

Senior advocate Jaideep Gupta submitted that, “the national plan for fighting covid-19 should be updated instead of taking piecemeal steps.”

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